A student supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi waves the yellow flag bearing the four-fingered Rabaa sign during a demonstration outside Cairo University May 14, 2014. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Exiled leaders of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood are struggling to regroup, targeted by hostile Arab powers, cut off from senior colleagues imprisoned back home and challenged by angry young followers tempted to seek change by violence.Former army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who deposed the Brotherhood's elected President Mohammad Morsi last year and has since led a violent crackdown against its followers, is all but certain to win Egypt's presidency in an election next week.Hundreds of Brotherhood followers were gunned down on Cairo streets when the army destroyed a protest camp after Morsi was toppled last year.Others say the Brotherhood's error was taking power too soon, before its cadres learned how to keep allies and govern.The Egyptian government blames the Brotherhood for Islamist unrest that killed hundreds of police and soldiers since Morsi's fall. The Brotherhood insists it opposes violence but says it is hard to get that message across when followers face such harsh repression and their democratic victory ended in disaster.Those countries that have sheltered exiled Brotherhood leaders face pressure from Egypt's military-led government and its backers – above all Saudi Arabia – to crack down.
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